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'''Bilbao'''[http://www.bilbao.net/nuevobilbao/jsp/bilbao/homeModulos.jsp?idioma=I&color=rojo] is the capital of [[Vizcaya]] in the [[Basque Country]], [[Spain]]. The city is situated on the banks of the Nervión, a tidal river. The climate in Bilbao is milder than in most other parts of the peninsula, rarely falling below freezing in winter, or rising above 35ºC in summer. There is also more rain, which is a mixed blessing. The green hills of Bilbao are a welcome relief after an extended stay in the dry plains in the south, but planning a day at the beach is more risky. The population of Bilbao proper is just over 372,000, but within the metropolitan area there are over 1,000,000 inhabitants. Bilbao is divided into eight district areas: Deusto, Uribarri, Otxarkoaga/Txurdinaga, Begoña, Ibaiondo, Abando, Rekalde and Basurto/Zorroza.
==Get in=====Museums===['''Bilbao'''[Image:Guggenheim_Bilbao.jpg|thumb|320px|The Guggenheim Museum]]* <see name="Guggenheim Museum" alt="" address="Abandoibarra etorbidea, 2" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.guggenheim-bilbao.esnet/inglesnuevobilbao/homejsp/bilbao/homeModulos.htm" hoursjsp?idioma="Tue-Sun, 10:00 to 20:00; Jul and Aug: Mon-Sun, 10:00 to 20:00. Closed Jan 1 and Dec 25" priceI&color="Adults €13.00; students under 26: €7.50; children under 12: free">Frank Gehry's spectacular twisting titanium-clad modern art museum rojo] is perhaps the most celebrated building capital of the 1990s. The graceful, sensuous curves, evocative of the ships that used to be ubiquitous along the docks of Bilbao, are covered [[Vizcaya]] in titanium squares, which resemble the scales of a fish and shimmer in the sunlight. In keeping with the maritime theme[[Basque Country]], appropriate for the setting, the skylights of the largest gallery (formerly known as the Fish gallery) are designed to look like the fins of fish[[Spain]]. Many parts of the building are purely decorative, and don't serve any purpose. The permanent collection is not particularly impressive, but the museum always hosts at least one interesting temporary exhibit, frequently comprised of masterpieces from the other Guggenheim collections.</see>
* <see name="Museo de Bellas Artes" alt="Museum of Fine Art" addressUnderstand="Plaza del Museo, 2" directions="" phone="" url="http[[Image://wwwPanoramaBilbao.museobilbao.com/" hours="Tue-Satjpg|thumb|320px|Panoramic view of Bilbao]]The city is situated on the banks of the Nervión, 10AM-8PM; Sun and public holidays 10AM-2PM; Mon: closeda tidal river. 1 Jan and 25 December: closed" price="General: €6.00; groups The climate in Bilbao is milder than in most other parts of the peninsula, studentsrarely falling below freezing in winter, senior citizens and unemployed: €4or rising above 35ºC in summer.50 There is also more rain, which is a mixed blessing. Free The green hills of charge on WedBilbao are a welcome relief after an extended stay in the dry plains in the south, and for children under 12. Artean Package, €13.50 (tickets for both but planning a day at the Guggenheim Museum and the Fine Arts Museum). Prices change for special exhibitionsbeach is more risky." lat="" long="" email="" fax=""> The Museum population of Fine Art's remarkable collection currently boasts more than six thousand works dating from Bilbao proper is just over 372,000, but within the 12th century to the present daymetropolitan area there are over 1,000,000 inhabitants. Bilbao is divided into eight district areas: Deusto, Uribarri, Otxarkoaga/Txurdinaga, and includes paintingsBegoña, sculpturesIbaiondo, drawingsAbando, engravings Rekalde and decorative objectsBasurto/Zorroza. </see>
* <see name="Basque Museum" alt="Euskal Museoa" address="Plaza Unamuno, 4" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.euskal-museoa.org/" hours="Tue-Sat: 11AM-5PM, Sun 11AM-2PM. Mondays and public holidays: closed" priceGet in="Adults: €3; students and groups €1.50. Children under 10 and seniors: free. Thu: free" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Established in 1921 to focus on the prehistory, archaeology, ethnography and history of Euskadi (Basque homeland). Not a particularly well laid out museum. It will be of passing interest to people who study Basque culture. </see>
*'''La Ría Maritime Museum''', Muelle Ramón de la Sota, 1. Located in what used to be the Euskalduna shipyard, next to the current Euskalduna Performing Arts Center. The Museum covers an area of 27,000 square metres, 7,000 for indoor exhibitions and 20,000 for outdoor exhibitions, the three docks, the walkway surrounding them and the estuary.*:Adults: €5; Students, people over 65: €3.50. Children under 6: free of charge.*:Winter: Tue-Fri, 10AM-2PM, 4-6PM. Sat-Sun, 10AM-2PM, 4-8PM. Summer: call to check.===By bus===
*'''Museo Taurino (Bullfighting Museum)''', Martín Agüero, 1, Plaza de Toros de Vista Alegre, (Near Plaza Zabalburu), tel. 94-444-8698. Next to a bullring, the Museo Taurino highlights the role bullfighting has played in Euskadi. €3. *'''Museo Diocesano de Arte Sacro (Museum of Sacred Art)''', Plaza de la Encarnación, 9-B, Atxuri, tel. 94-432-0125. A former convent founded in 1515 by Dominican nuns. General: €2. Students, seniors, and under 18: €1. Free on Thursdays. *'''Museo de Reproducciones Artísticas (Museum of Artistic Reproductions)''', Conde Mirasol (no number), tel. 94-415-7673. Full-scale reproductions of the world's most famous works of art. Call ahead for a guided visit.===Museums===[[Image:Guggenheim_Bilbao.jpg|thumb|320px|The Guggenheim Museum]]* <see name="Guggenheim Museum" alt="" address="Abandoibarra etorbidea, 2" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.guggenheim-bilbao.es/ingles/home.htm" hours="Tue-Sun, 10:00 to 20:00; Jul and Aug: Mon-Sun, 10:00 to 20:00. Closed Jan 1 and Dec 25" price="Adults €13.00; students under 26: €7.50; children under 12: free">Frank Gehry's spectacular twisting titanium-clad modern art museum is perhaps the most celebrated building of the 1990s. The graceful, sensuous curves, evocative of the ships that used to be ubiquitous along the docks of Bilbao, are covered in titanium squares, which resemble the scales of a fish and shimmer in the sunlight. In keeping with the maritime theme, appropriate for the setting, the skylights of the largest gallery (formerly known as the Fish gallery) are designed All buses to look like the fins of fish. Many parts of the building are purely decorative, and don't serve any purpose. The permanent collection is not particularly impressive, but the museum always hosts at least one interesting temporary exhibit, frequently comprised of masterpieces from the other Guggenheim collections.</see> * <see name="Museo de Bellas Artes" alt="Museum of Fine Art" address="Plaza del Museo, 2" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.museobilbao.com/" hours="Tue-Sat, 10AM-8PM; Sun and public holidays 10AM-2PM; Mon: closed. 1 Jan and 25 December: closed" price="General: €6.00; groups, students, senior citizens and unemployed: €4.50. Free of charge on Wed, and for children under 12. Artean Package, €13.50 (tickets for both the Guggenheim Museum and the Fine Arts Museum). Prices change for special exhibitions." lat="" long="" email="" fax="">The Museum of Fine Art's remarkable collection currently boasts more than six thousand works dating provinces leave from the 12th century to the present day, and includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings and decorative objects. </see> * <see name="Basque Museum" alt="Euskal Museoa" address="Plaza Unamuno, 4" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.euskal-museoa.org/" hours="Tue-Sat: 11AM-5PM, Sun 11AM-2PM. Mondays and public holidays: closed" price="Adults: €3; students and groups €1.50. Children under 10 and seniors: free. Thu: free" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Established in 1921 to focus on the prehistory, archaeology, ethnography and history of Euskadi (Basque homeland). Not a particularly well laid out museum. It will be of passing interest to people who study Basque culture. </see> *'''La Ría Maritime Museum''', Muelle Ramón de la Sota, 1. Located in what used to be the Euskalduna shipyard, next to the current Euskalduna Performing Arts Center. The Museum covers an area of 27,000 square metres, 7,000 for indoor exhibitions and 20,000 for outdoor exhibitions, the three docks, the walkway surrounding them and the estuary.*:Adults: €5; Students, people over 65: €3.50. Children under 6: free of charge.*:Winter: Tue-Fri, 10AM-2PM, 4-6PM. Sat-Sun, 10AM-2PM, 4-8PM. Summer: call to check. *'''Museo Taurino (Bullfighting Museum)''', Martín Agüero, 1, Plaza de Toros de Vista Alegre, (Near Plaza Zabalburu), tel. 94-444-8698. Next to a bullring, the Museo Taurino highlights the role bullfighting has played in Euskadi. €3. *'''Museo Diocesano de Arte Sacro (Museum of Sacred Art)''', Plaza de la Encarnación, 9-B, Atxuri, tel. 94-432-0125. A former convent founded in 1515 by Dominican nuns. General: €2. Students, seniors, and under 18: €1. Free on Thursdays. *'''Museo de Reproducciones Artísticas (Museum of Artistic Reproductions)''', Conde Mirasol (no number), tel. 94-415-7673. Full-scale reproductions of the world's most famous works of art. Call ahead for a guided visit.===Museums===[[Image:Guggenheim_Bilbao.jpg|thumb|320px|The Guggenheim Museum]]* <see name="Guggenheim Museum" alt="" address="Abandoibarra etorbidea, 2" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.guggenheim-bilbao.es/ingles/home.htm" hours="Tue-Sun, 10:00 to 20:00; Jul and Aug: Mon-Sun, 10:00 to 20:00. Closed Jan 1 and Dec 25" price="Adults €13.00; students under 26: €7.50; children under 12: free">Frank Gehry's spectacular twisting titanium-clad modern art museum is perhaps the most celebrated building of the 1990s. The graceful, sensuous curves, evocative of the ships that used to be ubiquitous along the docks of Bilbao, are covered in titanium squares, which resemble the scales of a fish and shimmer in the sunlightTermiBus terminal. In keeping with the maritime theme, appropriate for the setting, the skylights of the largest gallery (formerly known as the Fish gallery) There are designed to look like the fins of fish. Many parts of the building are purely decorative, and don't serve any purpose. The permanent collection is not particularly impressive, but the museum always hosts at least one interesting temporary exhibit, frequently comprised of masterpieces from the other Guggenheim collections.</see> * <see name="Museo de Bellas Artes" alt="Museum of Fine Art" address="Plaza del Museo, 2" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.museobilbao.com/" hours="Tue-Sat, 10AM-8PM; Sun and public holidays 10AM-2PM; Mon: closed. 1 Jan and 25 December: closed" price="General: €6.00; groups, students, senior citizens and unemployed: €4.50. Free of charge on Wed, and for children under 12. Artean Package, €13.50 (tickets for both the Guggenheim Museum and the Fine Arts Museum). Prices change for special exhibitions." lat="" long="" email="" fax="">The Museum of Fine Art's remarkable collection currently boasts more than six thousand works dating from the 12th century to the present day, and includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings and decorative objects. </see> * <see name="Basque Museum" alt="Euskal Museoa" address="Plaza Unamuno, 4" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.euskal-museoa.org/" hours="Tue-Sat: 11AM-5PM, Sun 11AM-2PM. Mondays and public holidays: closed" price="Adults: €3; students and groups €1.50. Children under 10 and seniors: free. Thu: free" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Established in 1921 to focus on the prehistory, archaeology, ethnography and history of Euskadi (Basque homeland). Not a particularly well laid out museum. It will be of passing interest to people who study Basque culture. </see> *'''La Ría Maritime Museum''', Muelle Ramón de la Sota, 1. Located in what used to be the Euskalduna shipyard, next to the current Euskalduna Performing Arts Center. The Museum covers an area of 27,000 square metres, 7,000 for indoor exhibitions and 20,000 for outdoor exhibitions, the three docks, the walkway surrounding them and the estuary.*:Adults: €5; Students, people over 65: €3.50. Children under 6: free of charge.*:Winter: Tue-Fri, 10AM-2PM, 4-6PM. Sat-Sun, 10AM-2PM, 4-8PM. Summer: call regular connections to check. *'''Museo Taurino (Bullfighting Museum)''', Martín Agüero, 1, Plaza de Toros de Vista Alegre, (Near Plaza Zabalburu), tel. 94-444-8698. Next to a bullring, the Museo Taurino highlights the role bullfighting has played in Euskadi. €3. *'''Museo Diocesano de Arte Sacro (Museum of Sacred Art)''', Plaza de la Encarnación, 9-B, Atxuri, tel. 94-432-0125. A former convent founded in 1515 by Dominican nuns. General: €2. Students, seniors, and under 18: €1. Free on Thursdays. *'''Museo de Reproducciones Artísticas (Museum of Artistic Reproductions)''', Conde Mirasol (no number), tel. 94-415-7673. Full-scale reproductions of the world's most famous works of art. Call ahead for a guided visit.===Museums===[[Image:Guggenheim_Bilbao.jpg|thumb|320px|The Guggenheim MuseumSantander]]* <see name="Guggenheim Museum" alt="" address="Abandoibarra etorbidea, 2" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.guggenheim-bilbao.es/ingles/home.htm" hours="Tue-Sun, 10:00 to 20:00; Jul and Aug: Mon-Sun, 10:00 to 20:00. Closed Jan 1 and Dec 25" price="Adults €13.00; students under 26: €7.50; children under 12: free">Frank Gehry's spectacular twisting titanium-clad modern art museum is perhaps the most celebrated building of the 1990s. The graceful, sensuous curves, evocative of the ships that used to be ubiquitous along the docks of Bilbao, are covered in titanium squares, which resemble the scales of a fish and shimmer in the sunlight. In keeping with the maritime theme, appropriate for the setting, the skylights of the largest gallery (formerly known as the Fish gallery) are designed to look like the fins of fish. Many parts of the building are purely decorative, and don't serve any purpose. The permanent collection is not particularly impressive, but the museum always hosts at least one interesting temporary exhibit, frequently comprised of masterpieces from the other Guggenheim collections.</see> * <see name="Museo de Bellas Artes" alt="Museum of Fine Art" address="Plaza del Museo, 2" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.museobilbao.com/" hours="Tue-Sat, 10AM-8PM; Sun and public holidays 10AM-2PM; Mon: closed. 1 Jan and 25 December: closed" price="General: €6.00; groups, students, senior citizens and unemployed: €4.50. Free of charge on Wed, and for children under 12. Artean Package, €13.50 (tickets for both the Guggenheim Museum and the Fine Arts Museum). Prices change for special exhibitions." lat="" long="" email="" fax="">The Museum of Fine Art's remarkable collection currently boasts more than six thousand works dating from the 12th century to the present day, and includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings and decorative objects. </see> * <see name="Basque Museum" alt="Euskal Museoa" address="Plaza Unamuno, 4" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.euskal-museoa.org/" hours="Tue-Sat: 11AM-5PM, Sun 11AM-2PM. Mondays and public holidays: closed" price="Adults: €3; students and groups €1.50. Children under 10 and seniors: free. Thu: free" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Established in 1921 to focus on the prehistory, archaeology, ethnography and history of Euskadi (Basque homeland). Not a particularly well laid out museum. It will be of passing interest to people who study Basque culture. </see> *'''La Ría Maritime Museum''', Muelle Ramón de la Sota, 1. Located in what used to be the Euskalduna shipyard, next to the current Euskalduna Performing Arts Center. The Museum covers an area of 27,000 square metres, 7,000 for indoor exhibitions and 20,000 for outdoor exhibitions, the three docks, the walkway surrounding them and the estuary.*:Adults: €5; Students, people over 65: €3.50. Children under 6: free of charge.*:Winter: Tue-Fri, 10AM-2PM, 4-6PM. Sat-Sun, 10AM-2PM, 4-8PM. Summer: call to check. *'''Museo Taurino (Bullfighting Museum75 minutes)''', Martín Agüero, 1, Plaza de Toros de Vista Alegre, (Near Plaza Zabalburu), tel. 94-444-8698. Next to a bullring, the Museo Taurino highlights the role bullfighting has played in Euskadi. €3. *'''Museo Diocesano de Arte Sacro (Museum of Sacred Art)''', Plaza de la Encarnación, 9-B, Atxuri, tel. 94-432-0125. A former convent founded in 1515 by Dominican nuns. General: €2. Students, seniors, and under 18: €1. Free on Thursdays. *'''Museo de Reproducciones Artísticas (Museum of Artistic Reproductions)''', Conde Mirasol (no number), tel. 94-415-7673. Full-scale reproductions of the world's most famous works of art. Call ahead for a guided visit.===Museums===[[Image:Guggenheim_Bilbao.jpg|thumb|320px|The Guggenheim MuseumSan Sebastian]]* <see name="Guggenheim Museum" alt="" address="Abandoibarra etorbidea, 2" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.guggenheim-bilbao.es/ingles/home.htm" hours="Tue-Sun, 10:00 to 20:00; Jul and Aug: Mon-Sun, 10:00 to 20:00. Closed Jan 1 and Dec 25" price="Adults €13.00; students under 26: €7.50; children under 12: free">Frank Gehry's spectacular twisting titanium-clad modern art museum is perhaps the most celebrated building of the 1990s. The graceful, sensuous curves, evocative of the ships that used to be ubiquitous along the docks of Bilbao, are covered in titanium squares, which resemble the scales of a fish and shimmer in the sunlight. In keeping with the maritime theme, appropriate for the setting, the skylights of the largest gallery (formerly known as the Fish gallery) are designed to look like the fins of fish. Many parts of the building are purely decorative, and don't serve any purpose. The permanent collection is not particularly impressive, but the museum always hosts at least one interesting temporary exhibit, frequently comprised of masterpieces from the other Guggenheim collections.</see> * <see name="Museo de Bellas Artes" alt="Museum of Fine Art" address="Plaza del Museo, 2" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.museobilbao.com/" hours="Tue-Sat, 10AM-8PM; Sun and public holidays 10AM-2PM; Mon: closed. 1 Jan and 25 December: closed" price="General: €6.00; groups, students, senior citizens and unemployed: €4.50. Free of charge on Wed, and for children under 12. Artean Package, €13.50 (tickets for both the Guggenheim Museum and the Fine Arts Museum). Prices change for special exhibitions." lat="" long="" email="" fax="">The Museum of Fine Art's remarkable collection currently boasts more than six thousand works dating from the 12th century to the present day, and includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings and decorative objects. </see> * <see name="Basque Museum" alt="Euskal Museoa" address="Plaza Unamuno, 4" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.euskal-museoa.org/" hours="Tue-Sat: 11AM-5PM, Sun 11AM-2PM. Mondays and public holidays: closed" price="Adults: €3; students and groups €1.50. Children under 10 and seniors: free. Thu: free" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Established in 1921 to focus on the prehistory, archaeology, ethnography and history of Euskadi (Basque homeland). Not a particularly well laid out museum. It will be of passing interest to people who study Basque culture. </see> *'''La Ría Maritime Museum''', Muelle Ramón de la Sota, 1. Located in what used to be the Euskalduna shipyard, next to the current Euskalduna Performing Arts Center. The Museum covers an area of 27,000 square metres, 7,000 for indoor exhibitions and 20,000 for outdoor exhibitions, the three docks, the walkway surrounding them and the estuary.*:Adults: €5; Students, people over 65: €3.50. Children under 6: free of charge.*:Winter: Tue-Fri, 10AM-2PM, 4-6PM. Sat-Sun, 10AM-2PM, 4-8PM. Summer: call to check. *'''Museo Taurino (Bullfighting Museum)''', Martín Agüero, 1, Plaza de Toros de Vista Alegre, (Near Plaza Zabalburu), tel. 94-444-8698. Next to a bullring, the Museo Taurino highlights the role bullfighting has played in Euskadi. €3. *'''Museo Diocesano de Arte Sacro (Museum of Sacred Art60 minutes)''', Plaza de la Encarnación, 9-B, Atxuri, tel. 94-432-0125. A former convent founded in 1515 by Dominican nuns. General: €2. Students, seniors, and under 18: €1. Free on Thursdays. *'''Museo de Reproducciones Artísticas (Museum of Artistic Reproductions)''', Conde Mirasol (no number), tel. 94-415-7673. Full-scale reproductions of the world's most famous works of art. Call ahead for a guided visit.===Museums===[[Image:Guggenheim_Bilbao.jpg|thumb|320px|The Guggenheim MuseumMadrid]]* <see name="Guggenheim Museum" alt="" address="Abandoibarra etorbidea, 2" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.guggenheim-bilbao.es/ingles/home.htm" hours="Tue-Sun, 10:00 to 20:00; Jul and Aug: Mon-Sun, 10:00 to 20:00. Closed Jan 1 and Dec 25" price="Adults €13.00; students under 26: €7.50; children under 12: free">Frank Gehry's spectacular twisting titanium-clad modern art museum is perhaps the most celebrated building of the 1990s. The graceful, sensuous curves, evocative of the ships that used to be ubiquitous along the docks of Bilbao, are covered in titanium squares, which resemble the scales of a fish and shimmer in the sunlight. In keeping with the maritime theme, appropriate for the setting, the skylights of the largest gallery (formerly known as the Fish gallery) are designed to look like the fins of fish. Many parts of the building are purely decorative, and don't serve any purpose. The permanent collection is not particularly impressive, but the museum always hosts arriving at least one interesting temporary exhibit, frequently comprised of masterpieces from the other Guggenheim collections.</see> * <see name="Museo Avenida de Bellas Artes" alt="Museum of Fine Art" address="Plaza del Museo, 2" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.museobilbao.com/" hours="Tue-Sat, 10AM-8PM; Sun and public holidays 10AM-2PM; Mon: closed. 1 Jan and 25 December: closed" price="General: €6.00; groups, students, senior citizens and unemployed: €4.50. Free of charge on Wed, and for children under 12. Artean Package, €13.50 (tickets for both the Guggenheim Museum and the Fine Arts Museum). Prices change for special exhibitions." lat="" long="" email="" fax="">The Museum of Fine Art's remarkable collection currently boasts more than six thousand works dating from the 12th century to the present day, and includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings and decorative objects. </see> * <see name="Basque Museum" alt="Euskal Museoa" address="Plaza UnamunoLas Americas bus station, 4" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.euskal-museoa.org/" 5 hours="Tue-Sat: 11AM-5PM, Sun 11AM-2PM. Mondays and public holidays: closed" price="Adults: €3; students and groups €1.50. Children under 10 and seniors: free. Thu: free" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Established in 1921 to focus on the prehistory, archaeology, ethnography and history of Euskadi (Basque homeland). Not a particularly well laid out museum. It will be of passing interest to people who study Basque culture. </see> *'''La Ría Maritime Museum''', Muelle Ramón de la Sota, 1. Located in what used to be the Euskalduna shipyard, next to the current Euskalduna Performing Arts Center. The Museum covers an area of 27,000 square metres, 7,000 for indoor exhibitions and 20,000 for outdoor exhibitions, the three docks, the walkway surrounding them and the estuary.*:Adults: €5; Students, people over 65: €3.50. Children under 6: free of charge.*:Winter: Tue-Fri, 10AM-2PM, 4-6PM. Sat-Sun, 10AM-2PM, 4-8PM. Summer: call to check. *'''Museo Taurino (Bullfighting Museum)''', Martín Agüero, 1, Plaza de Toros de Vista Alegre, (Near Plaza Zabalburu), tel. 94-444-8698. Next to a bullring, the Museo Taurino highlights the role bullfighting has played in Euskadi. €3. *'''Museo Diocesano de Arte Sacro (Museum of Sacred Art)''', Plaza de la Encarnación, 9-B, Atxuri, tel. 94-432-0125. A former convent founded in 1515 by Dominican nuns. General: €2. Students, seniors, and under 18: €1. Free on Thursdays. *'''Museo de Reproducciones Artísticas (Museum of Artistic Reproductions)''', Conde Mirasol (no number), tel. 94-415-7673. Full-scale reproductions of the world's most famous works of art. Call ahead for a guided visit.===Museums===[[Image:Guggenheim_Bilbao.jpg|thumb|320px|The Guggenheim Museum]]* <see name="Guggenheim Museum" alt="" address="Abandoibarra etorbidea, 2" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.guggenheim-bilbao.es/ingles/home.htm" hours="Tue-Sun, 10:00 to 20:00; Jul and Aug: Mon-Sun, 10:00 to 20:00. Closed Jan 1 and Dec 25" price="Adults €13.00; students under 26: €7.50; children under 12: free">Frank Gehry's spectacular twisting titanium-clad modern art museum is perhaps the most celebrated building of the 1990s. The graceful, sensuous curves, evocative of the ships that used to be ubiquitous along the docks of Bilbao, are covered in titanium squares, which resemble the scales of a fish and shimmer in the sunlight. In keeping with the maritime theme, appropriate for the setting, the skylights of the largest gallery (formerly known as the Fish gallery) are designed to look like the fins of fish. Many parts of the building are purely decorative, and don't serve any purpose. The permanent collection is not particularly impressive, but the museum always hosts at least one interesting temporary exhibit, frequently comprised of masterpieces from the other Guggenheim collections.</see> * <see name="Museo de Bellas Artes" alt="Museum of Fine Art" address="Plaza del Museo, 2" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.museobilbao.com/" hours="Tue-Sat, 10AM-8PM; Sun and public holidays 10AM-2PM; Mon: closed. 1 Jan and 25 December: closed" price="General: €6.00; groups, students, senior citizens and unemployed: €4.50. Free of charge on Wed, and for children under 12. Artean Package, €13.50 (tickets for both the Guggenheim Museum and the Fine Arts Museum). Prices change for special exhibitions." lat="" long="" email="" fax="">The Museum of Fine Art's remarkable collection currently boasts more than six thousand works dating from the 12th century to the present day, and includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings and decorative objects. </see> * <see name="Basque Museum" alt="Euskal Museoa" address="Plaza Unamuno, 4" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.euskal-museoa.org/" hours="Tue-Sat: 11AM-5PM, Sun 11AM-2PM. Mondays and public holidays: closed" price="Adults: €3; students and groups €1.50. Children under 10 and seniors: free. Thu: free" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Established in 1921 to focus on the prehistory, archaeology, ethnography and history of Euskadi (Basque homeland). Not a particularly well laid out museum. It will be of passing interest to people who study Basque culture. </see> *'''La Ría Maritime Museum''', Muelle Ramón de la Sota, 1. Located in what used to be the Euskalduna shipyard, next to the current Euskalduna Performing Arts Center. The Museum covers an area of 27,000 square metres, 7,000 for indoor exhibitions and 20,000 for outdoor exhibitions, the three docks, the walkway surrounding them and the estuary.*:Adults: €5; Students, people over 65: €3.50. Children under 6: free of charge.*:Winter: Tue-Fri, 10AM-2PM, 4-6PM. Sat-Sun, 10AM-2PM, 4-8PM. Summer: call to check. *'''Museo Taurino (Bullfighting Museum)''', Martín Agüero, 1, Plaza de Toros de Vista Alegre, (Near Plaza Zabalburu), tel. 94-444-8698. Next to a bullring, the Museo Taurino highlights the role bullfighting has played in Euskadi. €3among others.
*''To get in from San Sebastián, the PESA and ALSA buses take off from the main bus station. In Google maps you can type in 'Museo Diocesano Estación de Arte Sacro (Museum of Sacred Art)''', Plaza Autobuses de la EncarnaciónSan Sebastián, 9-BSan Sebastian, Atxuri, tel. 94-432-0125. A former convent founded in 1515 by Dominican nunsEspana' to see where it is. General: €2. Students, seniors, and under 18: €1. Free on ThursdaysYou also need to buy a ticket from the PESA or ALSA ticket office before you board as you can't buy tickets walking onto the bus.
*'''Museo de Reproducciones Artísticas (Museum of Artistic Reproductions)''', Conde Mirasol (no number), tel. 94-415-7673. Full-scale reproductions of the world's most famous works of art. Call ahead for a guided visit.
 
===By bus===
 
All buses to other provinces leave from the TermiBus terminal. There are regular connections to [[Santander]] (75 minutes) [[San Sebastian]] (60 minutes) and [[Madrid]] (arriving at Avenida de Las Americas bus station, 4-5 hours) among others.
The bus companies connect Bilbao with many cities in Spain more cheaply and frequently than the rail companies.
'''Bilbao Airport''' ({{IATA|BIO}}) is served by Lufthansa, Air France, Air Berlin, TuiFly, AerLingus, Iberia, Air Europa, Vueling, Norwegian and several other airlines. [[Easy Jet]] flies from London Stansted and Manchester to Bilbao airport. You can also fly with [[Ryanair]] to [[Santander]].
To get to downtown from the airport, take Bizkaibus A3247 from outside the arrivals sidewalk: there is no arrivals hall. The bus leaves From Bilbao, they leave every half hour at 30 minutes from 05:15 and 25 to 21:45 past the hour 55; from the airport , every 30 minutes, from 06:15 to Bilbao bus terminal23:15 (last departure at 0:00). The reverse journey is at :trip takes about 25 and :55 past the hour from the minutes. The bus terminal to makes three stops on the airportway: at Gran Via 79 Viajes Ecuador, stopping at Plaza Moyua on the wayand Almeda Recalde 11. A single ticket costs €1.3545.
Taxis to downtown Bilbao from the airport cost about €25-30.
 
'''Biarritz Airport''' ({{IATA|BIQ}}) Is about an hour and half drive to the east of the city and is a popular airport for visitors from France. There are buses between Biarritz and San Sebastian and train that involve at least one change. Once in San Sebastian you can take a PESA bus to Bilbao. For more convenient travel use Airport Transfers for private transfers from Bilbao to any where you want to go.
===By train===
==Get around==
===By car===
Bilbao is difficult to drive in. Hilly one-way streets, and frequent construction projects, make it a nightmare for drivers in parts of the city. Having an automobile map helps a lot; without it allow at least 30min extra to find the right exit from the city. A good idea is to park at the Termibus car park (A-8 Exit 117) and take the tram from San Mamés station to where you want to go.
===Public transport===
[[Image:MapaMetroBilbao.png|thumb|400px|MetroBilbao network map]]
If you are going to take more than one or two journeys on public transit, a CreditTrans Barik card would be a good investment. It can save you up to 50% over buying single tickets. It is valid on all the municipal transit systems in Bilbao(underground "Metro", short distance trains "cercanias", local bus "Bilbobus", province bus "Bizkaibus", Funicular to Artxanda and most (soon to be allothers, including the Bizkaia bridge) of the provincial transit systems in Vizcaya. It is a pay per ride stored-value contactless card available at all Metro stations, it cost 3€ and Tram can be recharged at metro stations , usually in denominations amounts of €5, €10, and €15. It is also available at many newspaper stands5€ . Individual tickets cost from €1.20 upward.
*'''MetroBilbao''' [http://www.metrobilbao.net/] Convenient, Norman Foster designed Metro. Single line within Bilbao, splitting into two lines after San Inazio station. Line one runs from Etxebarri to Plentzia; line two from Etxebarri to Santurtzi. Trains run every couple of minutes at peak hours. Tickets cost from €1.40-1.60, depending on how many zones your journey covers, or a daily card is available for €4.
==See==
noodle===Museums===[[Image:Guggenheim_Bilbao.jpg|thumb|320px|The Guggenheim Museum]]* <see name="Guggenheim Museum" alt="" address="Abandoibarra etorbidea, 2" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.guggenheim-bilbao.es/ingles/home.htm" hours="Tue-Sun, 10:00 to 20:00; Jul and Aug: Mon-Sun, 10:00 to 20:00. Closed Jan 1 and Dec 25" price="Adults €13.00; students under 26: €7.50; children under 12: free">Frank Gehry's spectacular twisting titanium-clad modern art museum is perhaps the most celebrated building of the 1990s. The graceful, sensuous curves, evocative of the ships that used to be ubiquitous along the docks of Bilbao, are covered in titanium squares, which resemble the scales of a fish and shimmer in the sunlight. In keeping with the maritime theme, appropriate for the setting, the skylights of the largest gallery (formerly known as the Fish gallery) are designed to look like the fins of fish. Many parts of the building are purely decorative, and don't serve any purpose. The permanent collection is not particularly impressive, but the museum always hosts at least one interesting temporary exhibit, frequently comprised of masterpieces from the other Guggenheim collections.</see> * <see name="Museo de Bellas Artes" alt="Museum of Fine Art" address="Plaza del Museo, 2" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.museobilbao.com/" hours="Tue-Sat, 10AM-8PM; Sun and public holidays 10AM-2PM; Mon: closed. 1 Jan and 25 December: closed" price="General: €6.00; groups, students, senior citizens and unemployed: €4.50. Free of charge on Wed, and for children under 12. Artean Package, €13.50 (tickets for both the Guggenheim Museum and the Fine Arts Museum). Prices change for special exhibitions." lat="" long="" email="" fax="">The Museum of Fine Art's remarkable collection currently boasts more than six thousand works dating from the 12th century to the present day, and includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings and decorative objects. </see> * <see name="Basque Museum" alt="Euskal Museoa" address="Plaza Unamuno, 4" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.euskal-museoa.org/" hours="Tue-Sat: 11AM-5PM, Sun 11AM-2PM. Mondays and public holidays: closed" price="Adults: €3; students and groups €1.50. Children under 10 and seniors: free. Thu: free" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Established in 1921 to focus on the prehistory, archaeology, ethnography and history of Euskadi (Basque homeland). Not a particularly well laid out museum. It will be of passing interest to people who study Basque culture. </see> *'''La Ría Maritime Museum''', Muelle Ramón de la Sota, 1. Located in what used to be the Euskalduna shipyard, next to the current Euskalduna Performing Arts Center. The Museum covers an area of 27,000 square metres, 7,000 for indoor exhibitions and 20,000 for outdoor exhibitions, the three docks, the walkway surrounding them and the estuary.*:Adults: €5; Students, people over 65: €3.50. Children under 6: free of charge.*:Winter: Tue-Fri, 10AM-2PM, 4-6PM. Sat-Sun, 10AM-2PM, 4-8PM. Summer: call to check. *'''Museo Taurino (Bullfighting Museum)''', Martín Agüero, 1, Plaza de Toros de Vista Alegre, (Near Plaza Zabalburu), tel. 94-444-8698. Next to a bullring, the Museo Taurino highlights the role bullfighting has played in Euskadi. €3. *'''Museo Diocesano de Arte Sacro (Museum of Sacred Art)''', Plaza de la Encarnación, 9-B, Atxuri, tel. 94-432-0125. A former convent founded in 1515 by Dominican nuns. General: €2. Students, seniors, and under 18: €1. Free on Thursdays. *'''Museo de Reproducciones Artísticas (Museum of Artistic Reproductions)''', Conde Mirasol (no number), tel. 94-415-7673. Full-scale reproductions of the world's most famous works of art. Call ahead for a guided visit.
===Churches===
===Other Places of Interest===
*'''AlhondigaAlhóndiga''' [http://www.alhondigabilbao.com/en/] an amazing building which has recently be modernizedand is now called ''Centro Azkuna / Azkuna Zentroa''. It is an amazing a complex containing a library, several bars and restaurants, a cinema and even a roof swimming pool with a glass floor! A must visit!
* <see name="A flower puppy" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Just in the front of the Guggenheim Museum, created by Jeff Koons, it's one of the most famous symbols of modern Bilbao</see>
*'''Birthplace of Miguel de Unamuno''', c/La Ronda 16, next to Plaza Unamuno (Metro station: Casco Viejo). Spanish author born on the 29th of September 1864. His works include the novels ''Niebla'' and ''San Manuel Bueno, MarMártir''tir, which are both read in AP Spanish Literature classes in the United States. Unamuno died on the 31st of December 1936 in [[Salamanca]].
[[Image:Arriaga.jpg|thumb|200px|Teatro Arriaga]]
*'''Teatro Arriaga''', tel. 94-435-5100, [http://www.teatroarriaga.com/]. Originally inaugurated on the 31st of May 1890, on the site of several former theaters, the first Teatro Arriaga burnt down on the 22nd of December 1914. The second Teatro Arriaga opened on the 5th of June 1919. Evocative of the Opera House in Paris, the theater has with an ornate façade and beautiful interior. The theater, and the square in front of it, were named after Juan Crosótomo Crisóstomo de Arriaga, a composer from Bilbao. There is a tourist information office in the theater building: the entrance is on the left side as you face the theater.
* '''Estación de Santander (Santander Station, FEVE Station)''' also known as La Concordia, was built between 1898-1902 on the banks of the Nervión. Designed by the engineer Valentín Gorbeña, with the ''art nouveau'' main façade added later with a design by the architect Severino Achúcarro.
[[Image:Calatravabilbao.jpg|thumb|200px|The new Calatrava bridge, Zubizuri]]
*'''Zubizuri''' The graceful white pedestrian bridge footbridge designed by Santiago Calatrava. It spans the Nervión connecting the riverwalks Campo Volatin and Mazarredo. Be careful, the bridge is slippery when wet!
*'''El Tigre''' Tiger statue on top of a building in Deusto. Seen from Euskalduna Performance Center.
====near the Diputación====
* <eat name="La Olla" alt="" address="c/Diputacion, 12" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></eat>
* <eat name="El Globo" alt="" address="c/Diputación, 8" directions="" phone="94 415 42 21" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></eat>
* <eat name="La Viña del Ensanche" alt="" address="c/Diputacion, 10" directions="" phone="94 416 53 58" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></eat>
*Three spectacularly decorated bars (which are owned by the same people) are:
#'''Cafe Iruña''', c/ Colon de Larreategui 13. With its Arabesque motifs and antique mouldings moldings it is a sight to behold. If you go at night, you can also get some nice shikabobs shiska-bobs - some of the only ones you'll find in Bilbao.
#'''Cafe La Granja''' in Plaza Circular, across from the BBVA tower.
#'''Cafe Boulevard''' on the Arenal, across from Teatro Arriaga.
* <drink name="Kafe Antzokia" alt="" address="San Vicente 2" directions="" phone="94 424 46 25" email="" fax="" url="http://www.kafeantzokia.com" hours="" price="">This former theatre was converted into a multi-purpose multipurpose venue in 1995. It is best known for promoting the Basque culture, both as an artist’s venue and for the clientele. With a varied schedule of concerts of Basque and international bands, it serves as a night club on weekends. Run by a cultural association aimed at promoting the use of Basque language, it also hosts a restaurant, a Basque academy and a community radio station.</drink>
*'''Bar Juantxu'''. c/ Licenciado Poza, 39.
* <drink name="Pub Witch" alt="" address="Cosme Echevarrieta 4" directions="" phone="633579471" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.pubwitch.tk" hours="friday Friday and saturday Saturday from midnight" price="">A great place for dance and have fun at Bilbao night. This place mix the cocktail clubs and dance clubs so you can have a incredibly served drink and lots of fun</drink>*'''Galeon''' Alda. Mazarredo, 25, 94-423-1462 Maritime motif a mermaid statue at the entrance and decoratoion resembleing decoration resembling the inside of a ship.
*'''Gran Casino Nervión''' c/ Navarra, 1 tel. 94-424-0007 Two bars, on-site restaurant. Formal/semi-formal dress required.
*'''La Mutua''' c/Ercilla, 2 tel. 94-423-1154 Serving breakfast during the day, and reopening at 11:30PM for the night.
*<drink name="Cafeteria Restaurante Sandwich" alt="" address="C/ Gardoki 11" directions="" phone="94 416 98 38" url="www.cafeteria-sandwich.com" hours="" price="" lat="12" long="20">It is a good place to eat a burger, a sandwich, salad or a combination plate. There are special menus low in calories too. At night the kitchen is open late. Closed Sundays and holidays. In the center of Bilbao
</drink>
 
==Sleep==
===Budget===
There are many inexpensive Pensions in the Casco Viejo area *<sleep name="Pil-Pil Hostel" alt="" address="Av. Sabino Arana, 14" directions="" phone="+34 944 345-544" url="http://www.pilpilhostel.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="19.90" lat="" long="">A brand new youth hostel in the center of Bilbao. Located only 30 seconds from the San Mames Bus Terminal and within walking distance from all the important sites of Bilbao. Incuded Included in the price are linens, continental breakfast(from 7:00 until 11:00), coffee and tea, WIFI, Public Computers, security lockers and a printer is avaible available to print boarding passes at no charge as well. .It also a has a wonderful terrace in the back to have a beer or soak up some sun and a commons area to hang out or watch tv</sleep>
*<sleep name="Albergue Bilbao" alt="" address="Ctra Basurto-Kastrexana, 70" directions="" phone="+34 94 427 00 57" url="http://albergue.bilbao.net/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">A youth hostel with 48 rooms (22 double rooms). A bit of a journey away from the center, but connected by bus.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Bilbao Akelarre Hostel" alt="" address="Morgan 4-6" directions="" phone="+34 94 405 77 13" url="http://www.bilbaoakelarrehostel.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="17-21€" lat="" long="">“Bilbao Akelarre Hostel” is the first and private youth hostel in Bilbao designed for you.It is just a few minutes by walking from the Guggenheim Museum,located in the historic district of “Deusto University”.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Ganbara Hostel" alt="" address="Prim 13" directions="" phone="+34 94 405 39 30" url="http://www.ganbarahostel.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">“Ganbara Hostel” is the only hostel in the “Seven Streets” area: the very heart of the Old Town district of Bilbao. This makes it the ideal spot for anyone who wants to keep their finger on the pulse of the city: it is close to most of the museums and monuments, to the venues of the city’s cultural activities and to its night-life hot-spots.</sleep>
* There are many inexpensive Pensions in the Casco Viejo
===Apartments===
*<sleep name="Melia Bilbao" alt="" address="Lehendakari Leizaola 29" directions="" phone="+34 94 428 00 00" email="[email protected]" fax="+34 94 428 00 01" checkin="" checkout="" price="" url="http://www.melia-bilbao.com"></sleep>
*<sleep name="Miró Bilbao" alt="" address="Alameda Mazarredo 77" directions="" phone="+34 94 661 18 80" email="[email protected]" fax="+34 94 425 51 82" checkin="" checkout="" price="" url="http://www.mirohotelbilbao.com"></sleep>
 
* '''Barceló Nervión''', Campo Volantin 11. Tel: +34 94 445 4700
 
* '''Conde Duque''', Campo Volatin 22. Three stars. Tel: +34 94 445 6000
 * You can have a pleasant stay at the '''Abba Hoteles''' [http://www.abbaparquehotel.com]. This is a chain of 4* hotels, and here you can find a quite rare 3* Abba hotel. It's quite near the Bus Terminal, very near to the metro and quite near to the Guggenheim museum, at calle Rodriguez Arias 66, 48013 Bilbao (Tel: +34 94 441 3100, Fax: +34 94 442 2197). Expensive breakfast.
==Stay Safe==
With a rate of only 33.4 crimes per 1000 inhabitants, the Basque Country has one of the lowest crime rates in Europe.
Crime rates can, however, vary significantly between rural and urban areas, though urban areas are still not particularly dangerous. Avoid the San Francisco area. The San Francisco area is however a vibrant area with lots of cheap bars and cheap food run by very nice Bolivian families, howeveras always common sense must prevail when walking around at night. However. Violent crime is extremely rare, but the usual precautions will keep you out of trouble.
It is advisable not to wear any Spanish symbols. Spain national football (soccer) tops, Spanish flags or Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid club paraphernalia are best avoided. Alhough no assaults on people wearing them have been recorded, some people might be upset about them. It is also best to avoid referring to the Basque Country as Spain.
These political issues have dominated life in the Basque Country for generations and you will still find coverage of them in news media across the Basque Country every day. Also certain bars will have a distinctly Basque nationalist clientele (such bars will generally have posters and slogans on the walls) where pro-Spanish opinions will be unwelcome. If speaking to strangers, bear these divisions in mind and try not to cause offence.
 
Be careful with a guy who rides a bicycle and approaches people (mainly tourists) to offer stickers, bookmarks, poems, etc., then asks for money. He speaks English and it's enough to say "no" strongly: he will back off.
==Cope==
* [[Image:gr-flag.png|20px]] <listing name="Greece" address="Alameda Recalde 27" phone="+34 94 423-9739" email="" url="" fax="+34 94 424-8192" hours=""></listing>
 
* [[Image:ve-flag.png|20px]] <listing name="Venezuela" address="Paseo Campo Volatin, 24, 2nd Floor, Flat no. 3 and 4" phone="+34 944 444 966" email="[email protected]" fax="+34 944 445 284" url="http://www.consulvenbilbao.org"/></listing>
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